Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In Florida, which hosts its presidential primary on Tuesday, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders, 62% to 32%. A new CNN poll points in a very similar direction, with Clinton up, 61% to 34%.
* In Ohio, which also hosts its presidential primary on Tuesday, Quinnipiac shows Clinton with a single-digit advantage, 52% to 43%, but a CNN poll shows her with a massive lead over Sanders, 63% to 33%.
* Politico reported overnight that some “well-heeled” Republican donors, who have funneled millions of dollars to anti-Trump groups, “are in preliminary talks to convene a meeting or conference call after March 15.” The point of the discussion will apparently be “to assess whether the multimillion-dollar offensive against Trump is working – and, in the words of one, ‘what the path forward would be.’” Won’t that be far too late to matter?
* In the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Clinton has a nine-point lead over Sanders, 53% to 44%.
* Though a top Sanders strategist this week raised the prospect of Clinton adding the Vermont senator to her Democratic ticket, the same aide, Tad Devine, told MSNBC yesterday, “I don’t want to put out any mixed signals. No, we are focused on the presidency and winning the nomination. That is going to be our focus to the weeks ahead, and we think we have a path to the nomination.”
* How excited are Senate Democrats about Iowa’s Patty Judge, who kicked off a campaign against Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) this week? They invited her to join them for their weekly policy lunch on Capitol Hill yesterday.
* New York won’t hold its presidential primaries until April 19, but for now, Trump is leading the GOP pack in the Empire State. A Siena Research poll shows Trump with 45% support in New York, followed by John Kasich and Marco Rubio with 18% each. Ted Cruz was fourth with 11%.
* And that same poll found Clinton ahead of Sanders in New York, 55% to 34%.